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SUNDAY, December 27, 2020
 
Sixth Sunday of Advent
Յիսնակի Վեցերորդ Կիրակի


READINGS OF THE DAY
Isaiah 51:15-52:3,   Hebrews 13:18-25   St. Luke 22:24-30

Տէր Փառէն Քհն. Գալստյան, Հոգեւոր Հովիւ
Reverend Fr. Paren Galstyan, Pastor
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Covid 19 Guidelines
Dear Friends,
We would like to remind all parishioners who are attending church in person to please continue following the guidance while attending church set by the dioceses during the Pandemic. Please always wear your mask while in the church at all times, use the hand sanitizer station while entering church, keep 6 ft apart in church and in the narthex area, sit in the designated areas in church and do not to enter the church hall. Your continued support is appreciated. 

Sincerely,
Soorp Haroutiun Parish Council

PRAYER OF THE WEEK
Lord Jesus, please keep watch over your faithful people and the holy soil of Arstakh and Armenia, now and always. Grant them strength, and lead us together through the present time of trial.
     With your peace, Christ our savior, which surpasses all understanding and speech, defend us and keep us fearless of all evil. Make us equal to your true worshipers, who worship you in spirit and in truth; for to the most-holy Trinity is befitting glory, dominion, and honor, now and always. Amen.

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CHRISTMAS OFFERING 


Remember Soorp Haroutiun Armenian Church during this Holy Season with Christmas offering. Your offering demonstrates your faith and helps meet the needs of our Church. With your help, our Church will continue to grow in faith and serve the needs of our faithful.

Click Here for Christmas donations

BDF Christmas message 2020-21
 

“The Glory of the Lord is Jesus Christ”

In a year like no other, the birth of Jesus Christ reminds us that God’s comfort is a living, personal reality, says Bishop Daniel, in a special Christmas message to the faithful of the Eastern Diocese.
 
“In the past months we have witnessed so much pain and suffering,” writes the Diocesan Primate. “So much grieving. So much discord and dissension. All of it crowned by the ruthless injustice and violence in Armenia and Artsakh, and here in the United States.”
 
Certainly, the disheartening events of the past year can be a challenge to the traditional spirit of this season. But the Christmas celebration emphasizes our need to seek out Christ—as he was sought out at the time of his birth.

“The glory of the Lord is Jesus Christ,” Bishop Daniel reminds us. “He appeared not just to the Magi, those mysterious figures that came to the Manger from the East two thousand years ago. He appears also to us, every day. God’s comfort and solace are ever present to everyone who dares to journey in search of Him.”
 
How should we go about that journey? Click the links below to learn more, by watching and reading Bishop Daniel’s message for this special Christmas:
  • WATCH a video recording in English.
  • WATCH a video recording in Armenian.
  • READ the Christmas message in English and Armenian.
Please register your 2020 membership
 
Many parishioners have told us that they would appreciate reminders about membership dues. So, this is our first reminder of the year!  Please take a look at your checkbook or other records.  If you have not yet submitted your membership dues for 2020, now is a great time to send in your 2020 Soorp Haroutiun membership dues.  Annual membership dues are $125 per person.
For your convenience, you will find a membership application on the table in the Narthex, which can be dropped off at the Church office.  Also, we are accepting your donations by credit card.
Click to Download the 2020 Membership Form
Click here to pay Membership Online

Thanks to Our 2020 Membership


Rita Arnold, Elisa Azarian, Vagan Babajanian, Leonardo Badiglian, Anton Balasanyan, Arlin & Patricic Baligian,  Khacho & Ghoson Bedrossian, Mariam Bezhanyan, Avedis Boornazian, Richard & Linda Boornazian, Dr. Gregory Boyajian, Diran & Anna Chamoun,  Liza Derbalian-Coredo, Albert Eckian, Anahid Frangoul, Gregory Chouljian, Yn. Anna Galstyan, Kristina Gerard, Antibas & Suzanne Gumushian, Arman & Suna Hartenyan, Ishkhan Hunanyan, Michael Jefarjian, Hagob & Anais Karadjian, Linda Lowman, Mariia Malovana, Garo Mekhdjavakian, Dr. Artak Mirijanyan, Robert & Siranush Mkrtchyan, Armen Mkrtchyan, Grigor Mkrtchyan, Algis & Varsenig Nakutis, Ropen & Linda Nalbandian, Sargis Navoyan, Aram & Ana Nazarian, Joanne Periera, Ann Barsamian Polasek, George & Barbara Rustigian, Eduard Sarkissian, Rose Sarkissian, John Shahinian, Dr. Michael Tiraturian & Dr. Irina Sarafyan,  Drs. Aram & Aida Khachadourian/ Tchobanian, John Tegerian, Alice Tegrarian, Charles Tekesian, Marieta Vausquez, Garabed Veneskahian, Jerome & Lona Youderian, Asnot Zatikyan & Anna Mirijanyan.

Prayer Requests for Our Faithful

Please keep Rev. Fr. Mampre Kouzouian, Margurit Balian, Arlin Baligian, Dee Bargamian, John and Iris Ganimian, John Gumushian, Anahid Frangul, Fimi Manguikian, Sarkis Minassian, Varant Movsessian, Talin Mukhjian,  Christian Tresppolacios, Anil & Surekha VaibhDr. Aida Khachadourian/Tchobanian, Sabrina Wood, Hratch Xatourian,
Franco Vasquez in your prayers for physical and spiritual health.
Youth Bible Study this Saturday 

Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 5 P.M.
 
Topic: Youth Bible Study

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/6249377521?pwd=N3k3UzNKZXpQMldlZ3JWMmN6QzJzQT09

Meeting ID: 624 937 7521
Passcode: Church


Holyday Lahmajun is Arrived


Dear friends and parishioners. We have Lahmajuns on sell for you available at the Church.

1 dozen - $25
2 dozens - $45

All the profit will go to Artsakh Fund
Help Us to Update Church Directory
Dear parishioners and friends, Parish Council of Soorp Haroutiun Armenian Church is looking more people who can work and prepare the church Directory.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
  • Friday, January 1, 2021 – New Year
  • Sunday January 3, 2020 - First Diane Liturgy of the Year 2021
  • Tuesday, January 5, 2021 - Christmas Eve Divine Liturgy … 7:00  PM
  • Wednesday, January 6, 2021 - Christmas Divine Liturgy and The Great Blessing of the Water
  • Sunday January 10, 2021 - Celebration of Armenian Christmas and The Great Blessing of the Water
     
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Commemoration of St. Stephen the Protomartyr and the first martyr

St. Stephen is one of the most beloved saints of the Universal Church, the first person martyred for the sake of Christ’s doctrine of love.

According to the hagiographical sources he was from the royal dynasty of Judas and was the son of law-abiding parents. Still a young man he was the servant of the chief priest Kayipaya. According to the same sources when the Lord was taken to home, Stephen took off the cloth from his head and spread it under the Lord’s feet thus expressing his true and sincere love. This naturally annoyed the chief priest and he turned Stephen out. Stephen witnessed the death and burial of the Lord but rejoiced with the apostles for the Glorious Resurrection of Christ. According to St. Gregory of Tatev he went to the apostles Peter and John and was baptized. At the moment of baptism an aureole (crown) appeared on the water. After that miraculous event he was called “Stephen” meaning (crowned). From the Acts of the Apostles it is known that after the Pentecost apostles served the tables and gave subsidies to the poor. From day to day increased the number of those who believed in Christ. As the apostles were unable to meet the needs of everybody, asked their disciples to choose 7 persons of good reputation for serving the tables. According to St. Luke the Evangelist one of them was St. Stephen, “… a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 6:5). By the power received from Christ apostles ordained him deacon. Thanks to his God-granted virtues and power Stephen worked wonders. Many people tried to argue with him, but no one was as wise as Stephen. So, some ill-willing persons persuaded some people to say that Stephen scolded God and the Prophet Moses. Inciting the people, the priests and the lawyers they took Stephen to the court. In his speech in his defense Stephen proved that Jesus was the promised Messiah, and reproached the Jews for their cruelty. He was stoned out of the city and his cloths were put before a man whose name was Saul and who later became the Apostle Peter. In the beginning he persecuted Christians but later he knew the true God – Jesus Christ, and became the most zealous preacher of the Gospel. St. Stephen was the first person martyred for the sake of Christ and that’s why he is called Protomartyr.

According to the tradition Gamaliel, the teacher of the Apostle Peter, and Nicodemus, his brother, who were secrete disciples of Jesus, buried the saint’s body in their farm. Soon a priest named Lukianus discovered the relics. And Pontiff Hovhan of Jerusalem put them in St. Sion. In the V century Princess Juliane found the saint’s tabernacle in Jerusalem and took it to Constantinople, and later – to Venice and buried it in the Church of St. George (St. Gevorg) island.

 
Dear Friends,
 
As promised, over the coming weeks we will be sharing regular updates about our #WeAreArtsakh campaign from on the ground in Armenia. After all, we want you to know exactly how your donations are helping those in need this holiday season!
 
Our first batch of food and hygiene assistance has already been distributed to 13 families as a result of our partnership with Armenian Fund for Sustainable Development (AF4SD)
 
Our team prepared packages which included a supply of at least one month’s worth of nutritious non-perishable food, as well as hygiene supplies and other household staples. We then delivered them primarily to families who had just arrived in Armenia after fleeing their homes in Artsakh. Our partners at AF4SD identified these 13 families as having the most acute needs right now, and this is their very first round of assistance. 
 
As always, 100% of all donations go directly to our programs. So that means every cent of your help goes into purchasing and distributing this assistance. 
 
There are many more families waiting for our support and to keep up with need, your donations are literally flying out the door as soon as they come in! Let's keep it up!
 
Sirov,
The Ayo! Team
Prayer Request
Call during the week to request prayers, hokehankist, visitations to the sick, and house blessings. Please let Church office know if you are planning to have Hokehankist Service. It would be appreciated to have a light lunch or coffee hour following Badarak in memory of the deceased.
ALTAR FLOWERS
Altar flowers are a gift to the church. If a family wants to decorate the church with flowers, they are free to do so. If the family needs flowers for the reception hall or cemetery they should make prior arrangements.
 
Altar flowers donated by Mrs. Varsenig Nakutis in memory of her brother Haigazoun Terterian
Home or Hospital Bound
As an extended family of St. Gregory, many of our sick, elderly and home bound faithful are unable to attend Church. They may be at home or in the hospital but most importantly: They are not forgotten and we would like to make sure to visit them. If you know of someone who is unable to attend Church or is in need of a pastoral visitation, please inform Fr. Paren directly Email: armenianchurchorlando@gmail.com  or call the church office at 407-876-7732.
The Parish Council of Soorb Haroutiun Armenian Church of Orlando is looking forward to restart the Women's Guild in our church. We are asking those who are ready to help and interested on this to contact our Chairman Mr. John Shahinian or call to church office.
Click here to read more about the Woman's Guild of the Armenian Church of Eastern Diocese 

Home Blessing 

A number of families have invited Fr Paren to bless their homes. Der Hayr’s schedule is flexible to accommodate even the busiest parishioners. Please invite him to your home. You may contact him at the church at 407-876-7732 or cell phone (847) 732-7183. His email address is derparen@gmail.com
Click to see the new diocesan educational initiative called Vemkar. The goal is for Vemkar to transform the way all our people grow in their Christian faith and commitment to the Armenian Church.

Click the following links for resources that will enrich your appreciation of the connection between Communion and healing:
  • READ: A post about St. Gregory the Illuminator, “The Golden Hammer”
  • LEARN: Catholicos St. Nersess the Great and Armenian Charity
  • CONTEMPLATE: “The Many Graces of St. Nersess Shnorhali”
  • WATCH: A video on St. Nersess Shnorhali in the Living Voices series.

Mission of the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church

The Mission of the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church is to preach the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ and to proclaim its message of Salvation. This mission is realized through worship, education, witness, service, and a common life in Jesus Christ as expressed in the distinctive faith – experience of the Armenian people. All members of the Armenian Church (both clergy and lay) are called to participate fully in its mission.

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